Symptoms, some of them anyway, I could bore you
- aching/burning in inner and top of thigh
- gets worse at night, especially if I sleep on either side
- sometimes goes away completely during the day
- exercise can make it feel better
- can cramp up during running
- feels better once I am warmed up
I had to fill out a form before I saw the doctor and it had the "faces" pain scale on it. He was amused I rated mental pain a 10 with no running.
After explaining all my symptoms, he decided it might be a back problem. Oh great. I have had back problems before with sciatica just never down the front of my leg. I got an x-ray taken of my back and in his words "it's disgustingly perfect", so he wanted to do an MRI, but I know those are rather pricey and I wanted to be more conservative first and figure out how much the MRI will cost before I commit. He put me on a Medrol pack for a week and then I will follow up with him in three weeks to see how it's doing.
He thinks my symptoms are pretty consistent with L3, L4 nerve problems on the right side. I really thought he would say, yup, muscle strain, somethingitis, and send me to physical therapy.
On a fun note he is an official medical provider for the US Ski Team.
- my back looks awesome on x-ray
- I can still run as tolerated
- he was surprised at how tight my hammies were
- I still don't have a clear answer but we are working on getting it narrowed down and that feels good.
- Medrol pack for a week (steroids)(never read the side effects for these)
- Exercise as tolerated
- Yoga at least 2 times a week (hoping this will strengthen and loosen my back)
- Follow up appointment in 3 weeks